Revolutions Farewell

. . . and Hail Even though events overtook the last Soviet President and the country he led, his place in history is guaranteed

Mikhail Gorbachev need feel no resentment when he hears himself described as a transitional leader. As Winston Churchill might have observed: some leader, some transition. Gorbachev presided over the dissolution of a truly evil empire, brought freedom to hundreds of millions of oppressed people and lifted the threat of a cataclysmic nuclear war. The wonder was not that the President of the Soviet Union, a fervent socialist to the end, managed his revolution well but that he launched it at all.

In his resignation speech last week, Gorbachev conceded that he had not been a complete success. He was convinced that...

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